Ash & privacy (The Hindu report)

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Wonderful article written by Shashi Baliga in The Hindu. Very well researched and to the point.

Some stars will tell you they are “really very shy”, then proceed to bare their hearts to the dictaphone you have placed in front of them. Some will send out feelers through their publicist or agent, others will call you when a controversy erupts because they want you to print “my side of the story”. Many will insist, “no personal questions, please,” when what they really mean is “No inconvenient personal questions, please”. For, they will have no problems talking about their diet, their children or what their first kiss was like so long as you don't ask about the relationship they don't want to talk about. Others will insist that you give them the latest gossip before they tell you what they have up their sleeve. And of course, all of them will give off-the-record tidbits. There are just a handful of stars, such as Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor or Karan Johar, who love the media attention and are not hypocritical about it; Shah Rukh will even sportingly admit he overdoses us during his carpet-bombing publicity blitzes. At the other extreme are those such as Sridevi, Rani Mukerji or Katrina Kaif, who are fundamentally wary of the press, give few interviews and are always guarded.

And then there are some intrinsically private people who genuinely do not wish to go public with their personal lives (in the larger sense and not just in terms of relationships). Aishwarya Rai is one of them. Right from the beginning of her film career, Aishwarya has not opened up about any of her relationships. She rarely talks about her family, her clothes, her holidays, her diet, or what-have-you. While Shah Rukh, and even Aamir Khan went to town with how they got their six-packs, Aishwarya did no such thing when she got in shape for Dhoom 2. You won't find her commenting on politics, other film stars or celebrities, unless it is in a work-related context. If at all she opens a window into her personal space, it will be for the briefest glimpse.

In short, she talks about her work and little else, really. And she will keep it professional. I remember that during an interview with her at her home, she shut the door, allowed no distractions and had not even brought her cell-phone into the room (stars not organically linked to their cell-phones is a rare sight indeed in Bollywood).

It would also be fair to say Aishwarya has rarely courted the press over the last decade or so. For the simple reason that she has not needed to; the cameras and journalists follow her unrelentingly anyway. This is not to say she hasn't used the press. Of course she has, especially in her early years in the industry; every aspiring or rising star does, legitimately so.

But somewhere during her turbulent relationship with Salman Khan, as the controversies and scoops got wilder and the questions more difficult to face, she started clamming up. The Vivek Oberoi phase didn't help either and with each passing year, she gave fewer interviews, though she did enough cover pictures and glam photographs to keep her visibility going. By the time she was seeing Abhishek Bachchan, she refused to talk about her personal life almost entirely. The photographs dwindled away too.

OFFENSIVE RUMOURS

The transition was understandable. Few film stars… okay, make that no Indian film star …has suffered the kind of intrusions into their personal space and offensive rumours about the most vulnerable aspects of their personal life that Aishwarya has.

For sheer variety and colour, the stories surrounding her tempestuous affair with Salman Khan will be difficult for any star (except Salman himself, of course) to match. She has been allegedly married off to a tree, supposedly to ward off any bad luck accruing to her husband on account of her being a manglik. Wild surmises about her ‘efforts' to get pregnant have been bandied about in all seriousness. She was said to be afflicted by “tuberculosis of the stomach” which reportedly hampered her chances of conceiving a child (she was enraged enough to demand a retraction from the publication that printed that piece).

Aishwarya's response to most of these recent intrusions has been, in one word: silence. When pushed to the limits of her endurance, she hasn't, like most stars, handed out an ‘Exclusive!' interview to give her side of the story, she has issued a press statement, as she did when the Salman Khan story got particularly problematic after their break-up.

MUM'S THE WORD

During her marriage preparations, we heard nothing from her about what she was wearing for the wedding, her designer trousseau, her jewellery or her honeymoon. She did not announce her pregnancy; she left that to her husband and father. She gave no mushy interviews, did no lavish photo-spreads. In fact, she was rarely seen in public and the paparazzi got just a handful of photo-ops. Despite this — or perhaps because of it — the curiosity about her delivery reached levels unprecedented for any Indian celebrity.

Though her father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan and husband Abhishek have been far more forthcoming, Aishwarya has kept mum, if you'll pardon the pun. While Abhishek has nicknamed the baby ‘Beti B' and tweets about her, his wife keeps her silence.

So, perhaps it is fitting that, in an extraordinary move, the electronic media and much of the print media as well, decided to allow Aishwarya her privacy during her entry into motherhood. It is an extraordinary gesture not merely because it has not been offered to any other film star, but because it has been offered to a film star at all.

When Sonia Gandhi — another very private woman — had her recent surgery, an omerta ruled the Congress, other political parties and much of the media as well (even if the rumours about what surgery she had still swirl without rest). I found this somewhat strange and unfair, for two reasons. One, the state of Sonia's health could have a direct impact on the country's destiny. Two, if the country is spending crores of rupees on her, surely it has the right to be told about her illness.

In that sense, film stars don't really owe it to us to open up about their personal life. They are not public servants, they make no claims to be ready to sacrifice their lives for the country. If they entertain the press, that is their generosity, weakness or smarts, depending on your view. Yet the press hounds them, often uncharitably and inhumanly, shows them little consideration even in their most vulnerable moments and will freely speculate on everything from their Botox jobs to the state of their marriages or even wombs.

The restraint shown in Aishwarya's case was duly acknowledged by the Bachchans, who obliged by holding a press conference when the baby and mother came home. This is a pact that could change the rules of the game.

Now let's see if the media will show the same grace to other film stars. And if they will finally grant film stars the same consideration they show our far more scandalous politicians.

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Hi Ash
We love you!!! Don't mind all these haters. You are beautiful, powerful, talented, icon, international figure. You are great. Go girl.

I think she should SILENTLY disappear into oblivion.... WHERE SHE BELONGS! Dont worry, she will be she will be silent and dignified there! LOL

"Living Legend - No onther star will come close to Ash in the next 100 years"
"National Treasure - Ashwarya"

COMMENTS LIKE THE ABOVE MAKE ME DISLIKE HER, ALOT MORE!!!!
NO SHE IS NOT A LIVING LEGEND- ACTING WISE- FORGOT HER FATHER-IN-LAW, RAJNIKANT, DALIP KUMAR , MADURI DIXIT , MANY MORE SHE WILL NOT COME CLOSE TO THEM IN A 100YEARS!!!!!
BEAUTY WISE/HUMANISTCALLY -SUSHMITA SEN = ASH CAN'T EVEN TOUSH HER FEET!!!
SUSH IS A NATIONAL TREASURE= WHO HAS TAKEN TWO ORPHAN KIDS AND IS GIVIGN THEM A WICKED LIFE
ASH FANS PLS GET A LIFE!!!!!
PV PLS KINDLY POST THX

Why dont we all boycott this ash media fame money hungry hypocrite. Just dont post any comments on her. Let her keep posting on how this that and the other she is and look like a big fool.

By the way, when she pushed sooooo hard and made noise about her baby, times of india printed that her husband is 2 years older than her. HAHAHAHAHA. What a joke this bachchan family is. I am not going to pay attention to them anymore.

Lets take a leaf out of her apparent dignified silence and be silent about her. The more people who maintain silence about ashwarya rai bachchan , the sooner she will disappear. Her PR cant do jack about it then, can they??!!!!!!

Fri, 2011-12-02 05:05 — Anonymous

So your problem is why couldn't Sushmita become even half as big a superstar as Ash is. Well, something similar happened to another Miss Universe/Miss World duo - Lara and Priyanka. Priyanka became much more successful while Lara faded away. I remember Sushmita saying she saw Ash working very hard on the sets and she cannot do that! I think Ash is very very hardworking and ambitious, Sushmita wasn't.

very fine and balanced articles. Other stars have a lot to learn.

Wonderful article. Right on...bingo about our dear Aishwarya. So, all you Aish - haters....keep mum!!!

what private person? how can some1 who flaunts herself for millions to watch be called private? If she was a private person she should have finished her college, got married and should have gone into some dignified career like her dream job "architect".. she dumps college, becomes a model, an actress and gets married into a filmy family, dances with her FIL in the Unforgetable tour or something and when some1 says something about this hypocrisy then she becomes private huh?
she went on and on about how she worked hard in Raavan with no makeup etc.. i am sure if she had genuinely gone to the gym to shed her weight for Dhoom 2 we would not have heard the end of it abt and moreover it would have showed in the body as muscles tighten.. i am sure she visited LA for it too.. abt the SRK episode pls give a break. she tried to associate herself with a superstar as a means of shortcut to success just like rani with aditya chopra.. the plan backfired.. aish had the age and beauty to come back and rani did not even with strong acting abilities.. no one is angel in this industry.. they are opposite actually..

Y she is sooo popular..... so many posts ... so many comments ... freaking beauty

@Anonymous on Thu, 2011-12-01 19:01

Yes, stars are what we made them to be. However, they do not owe to do any details from their personal life to us. If you watch NBA or NFL or the world cup cricket matches and adore those sports stars, are you expecting to read about their personal lives? The answer would be a big fat no isn't it? In that sense Aish has every right to keep mum about her personal life.

At the end of the day some people are very private. We should let them be.

ash is such a darling!!!

Or....Ash likes to keep shut to maintain a false dignity and encourages people around her (including stooges), do the talking..vivek oberoi press conference comes to mind. a

Thu, 2011-12-01 22:51 — Anonymous

Thu, 2011-12-01 19:29 — Anonymous

I so wouldn't be surprised if she wrote it her self, she is an shrewd and calculated woman will use media when convenient ... her approach is so ' what do i get out of it' ... lying on the Oprah show that shed never been kissed on camera... maybe we should send Oprah a DVD of Dhoom 2.

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Sorry that was dumb. She was on the Oprah show in 2004. Dhoom 2 came out in 2006. And Ash never said she wont kiss. She said she will "cross the bridge when she will reach it" (indirect meaning, she will kiss if she has to do a film where that scene is required). Common sense, but y'all haters are very lame in my opinion. Most of the other stars' haters at least have good points! But Ash's haters dont make sense!

......Sorry I'm talking about the interview in which Ash and Abhi appeared together, just because I have an opinion that differs from yours doesn't mean you need to insult my intelligence, I am not the sort of person who even uses the word hate coz its too strong, I do not believe that is the true essence of what I feel for Ash...OK again , Ash is shrewd and calculated, (I did not say Golddigger and attention seeker)

Thanks nice article about how Aishwarya deals with the media!! Wish she was more open like other stars but I don't blame her after what crap media writes about her too.

Aishwarya come back soon in movies we miss you!!

Why it is always about Aishwarya Rai ? Can the press lay off a bit .....overrated jack!

i wonder when we will be getting full 'breaking news' on ash's baby feeding capabilities?

This Article must be awarded 'the Biggest FRAUD of all time'.

Love her. She is so beautiful and so talented.

excellent article. Perfectly describes the way Ash is. :)

aish is cool.. she is pretty (maybe beautiful to many people), smart and talented.. she has a few good movies and a tag of miss world that lost its value approx 13-14 years ago.. coz there is a miss world every year and you don't really need huge amounts of skill to win that (and is also politically influenced)... she has a few qualities that make her interesting and the rest of the credit i would give to her public relations team, from the start of her rise.. She is good, alright.. no one disagrees, she is okay, and yes, back in 1994 when India won miss universe and miss world, it was a great thing and great honour coz it was a double victory, and instead of both women being admired and promoted the same way, unfortunely our own country biased between the beautiful ladies and decided to promote one more than the other solely based on skin colour.

i remember my own 4th grade school teacher in a free class discussing the miss universe and world and saying she likes aish better becuase she is fair.. never mind that.

so the promotion of aish began and a lot of people were interested in promoting her because she was the girl with the 'tag' and i guess, media and business people, companies and the people of india itself didn't realise when they started promoting aish much more than she really deserved, and started throwing her around everywhere making her represent India and aish only had to sit back, relax and eat the popcorn.

Ash's PR realised the opportunities coming there way and endlessly banked on it. when she made flops, which were many, they were swept aside and almost declared 'for such a person, hits and flops don't matter' excuse me? right. when her career started to get cracks after a good run of 11 years (2005-1994), she actually had to start an active publicity technique to get back in news, so started news on vivek oberoi, cannes, break up, sudden discussions on relationship with salman, egging vivek to hold press conferences, etc.. etc.. and then finally a much publicized marriage, don't say media forced themself on ash, media only follows what is tipped off, every intimate detail of ash's marraige was known, guess list, dress, date, etc.. the bachchan family was offered so and so amount of money for releasing pictures which they totally banked on..

after this hugely publicized marriage that added another 'tag' to ash's many credentials, the effect of this 'tag' was not as great as her first 'tag', it wore off after a much criticized and joked on run of nearly two years.. add to the fact that by now, a lot more miss worlds by india had arrived and were following the same route to success which made people question their obsession, media got tired of ash and had new gossip to catch up on and buiness people decided to sign up other celebs as signing ash did not result in boost to sales and rather ended up being a further publicity of ash.. and now there is a baby whose birth went through huge amounts of publicity yet again for the very lucky ash, who had so many people making sure she gets all the promotion she wants.

so the words 'ash & privacy' dont gel together at all.. never did, never will.. i wonder what other great event will happen in ash's life for which the net, television and newspapers will report 'breaking news'?! She is a very lucky and clever women, who was very advantageously provided for (i would not say 'used'.. she has gained a lot from the free publicity the world unnecessarily gave her), the only thing she had to do for all that happened to her was 'be born fair, tall and indian looking and win a miss world title'

i think ash is a very beautiful woman, she is also very talented, but i would say she didn't deserve all the great things that happened to her. i might not have had such a problem if sushmita sen had also reached the same level of greatness that ash did, because there were two women who won and ash was the sole person given the chance to bank on her own victory and someone else's, and sush is just as great and amazing but was sidelined and thrown off. i might not have criticzed her so much if she was treated as any other actor and admired and remembered for grace and talent she showed onscreen, but with ash, it was almost always offscreen.

If she was "private" thn who said too posh to push
She enjoys the attention u crazy r givin her! Grow up!

it feels like that aishwarya rai bachanc'ss time is now over....she is getting the unwanted attention and when she really needs attention (when her films are out) nobody even bothers to watch her films!!! i think that she is not a megastar of Bollywood anymore...people just read news about her, discuss her and thats it...where other girls are paying attention to their work and their films....aishwarya need to find balance in her life.i think she is over exposed to the media and to the rest of the people...there must be something wrong in her strategy!!

great article.. i don't like aishwarya rai but this article is spot on.. the lady does not retort to endless amounts of encouragement to open up.. she has been dignified and that is quite an attractive trait.. a mysterious woman whose mind we can't probe.. but why do i always feel that aishwarya does all the talk from behind by encouraging others to do the talk while she enjoys the game?

Why ppl lve Ash

She dared to dump a superstar ,when she felt he s not right for him.And srk went to the extent of duping her out of chalte chlate when Salman created a scene.She kept mum.

She doesnt praise herself(read kareeena) or slander other ppl.

She s thorough professional acc to other bollywood veterans

She balance both career and personal life well.

Regarding acting,she may not be that good but bollywood s all abt bad acting (like srk,rajesh khanna, etc)

when ppl dilip kumar n bachchan have raised the bar high in Bolywood.Ppl like srk raised the bar of stardom and lowered the bar of acting.

who cares if she is genuinely private person or not; all that matters is, is she really talented? can she act? "No" to both... so who cares if she is the most beautiful, most respectable, the best dancer or most dignified. We are in the world of movies and all that we care for is good talent. With almost zero talent, nobody cares for whatever else she is; for that matter, I just read the first paragraph and then came straight in to the comments section, blah...

"Few film stars… okay, make that no Indian film star …has suffered the kind of intrusions into their personal space and offensive rumours about the most vulnerable aspects of their personal life that Aishwarya has."

^ This is so true. Just giving an example - Aishwarya cannot conceive, Aishwarya went to IVF for twins, Aishwarya went to Bangkok IVF for male child, Aishwarya using a surrogate because she is hiding her bump. Oh her bump is too small. Is an alien growing in her stomach?

ENOUGH!! I would have killed everyone if they spoke like this about me. Aishwarya has a lot of strength and may be that is how she handles all this venom that jealous/insecure people spew. She is a woman of substance. Has my respect.

Kohinoor of India

Aishwarya's dignity is priceless!

well said @schmuck

Obviously, when u are wrong, u gotto keep quiet!

Gotta give her credit when it's due. She's been consistent in being "private" and unforthcoming about her life.

She is totally fake thats why she doesn't talk much, its courageous to talk about dark side or botox/surgery etc.

O what a Beauty inside and out.

National Treasure - Ashwarya

Anonymous's picture
Ash's PR trying hard to keep her in news... fear of a crap actress being forgotten

Living Legend - No onther star will come close to Ash in the next 100 years

SuperStar MEGAStar

AsHrithik + Bhardwaj
AsHrithik+ YRF

Ash's LEGEND continues

The Muse, your one of the most sensible people on Pinkvilla. I agree with every word you write.

its a pity, the people that always abuse ash are plain jealous of what God has given. i would advise them to come to terms with the Decree of ]the Almighty God only them will they have progress in their own lives. the more they hate another for what God has given that person, the more they use delay in their own progress. it is understandable if u hate someone for what that person has done to you but to hate someone because God has blessed her with good looks, talent, good husband and family is absurd and will only make her progress further in life (as it is happening to aishwarya now) and the haters' lives will only be retarded therefore heed my advise for your own good.

Aish is the most publicity hungry indian actress.
only thing is she is more shrewd and cunning than the likes of Katrina, Priyanka, etc.
she wants us to think she does not want fame.. but she is dying to be in news everyday.
smartly lets her paa talk for her.
and everyone knows that you can pay for articles in your favor these days. Heck, producers pay for positive film reviews also

fabulous and accurate article. how rare. haters, unleash thyself. ash is a true blue star and none of your vitriol has affected her a bit. ha

But sometimes I'm scared for her because silence doesn't pay off all the time. Imagine if Ash really had given birth to a baby boy naturally, then automatically everybody would believe those nasty rumours and they would follow Ash forever.

I THINK THAT IS HER CHARACTER. GOD IS ALWAYS BY HER SIDE AND OUR PRAYERS WILL KEEP POURING ON HER. NO WONDER SHE KEEPS GOING STRONGER AND STRONGER.

Thu, 2011-12-01 23:12 — Anonymous

"If she was that private a person,she could have married into a successful but low key family..."

Absolutely WTF statement. So she has to marry into a 'low key family' to prove a point to the world???? Nonsense. She loved him and got married. End of speculation.

Yes this is a good article. But in its very existence, it completely undermines what it attempts to report.
Aish IS media hungry - that is the definition of superstardom. You CANNOT be a superstar if you do not court publicity.
When Aish is walking the red carpet for Loreal at Cannes she is visibly raising media awareness of herself and the brand. That is its very purpose. That is her job, it is what she is paid to do.
Yes, she is also private and prefers to keep to herself. Thats her prerogative.
However, we cannot deny that she married into the most famous family in the industry. That was a conscious choice to increase her stardom. Otherwise, like Madhuri Dixit she would have married privately to a non celeb, moved to somewhere with more privacy.
She is a star. And she works to enhance it.
Nothing wrong with it. Just don't pretend like you're not doing it.

orchee.blogspot.com

Ash has not spoken abt her family and personal life? really?? Infach Ash has spoken very elaborately abt her family in many many of her earlier interviews. How her dad was always sailing and that it was only her mon, brother and her at home through her childhood. She has repeated many times abt how she was good at studies and how all the girls in her class tought she had an attitude problem and was too proud since she only had guy friends and she never took part in any extra-curriculum activities in school. She has said all this and more.. like boys would follow her home and make crank calls... (most girls go through that.. but Ash would show off in her earlier interviews), Go read some of her interviews from the 1990s to know the truth You will find much much more to shock you. And what about the explicit interview Ash and Abhi gave to some magazine abt their married life where she went on and on abt 'Abhi being her man' Blah blah... and abhishek saying 'Ash makes me feel like a man in the bedroom' .. it was like reading a soft porn story.. and their very public display of affections at any given oppotunity, at the spot of a photographer. WHATs all that then Ash lovers.. Now dont bring up the "Haters are jealous" defence, as usual please. We have other actors to feel jealous of, those who are doing better than these cheap PR stunts.

Aishwarya rocks! There is no two ways about it. Her dignified silence will continue to keep winning her accolades for her behaviour. Grace and Elegance has a new synonym. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

i cant understand why some people like to attack this poor girl soo much.....just because you are another person fan....I belive she is very well educated AND SWEET ....whenever she said i am the most beautiful woman in the world or she used other people for her fame ?......as i remember she always has been abused by people ....honestly speaking i think hating somebody when you even dont know her in person or never met her in real life is not normal .......aish is a good human being

Hey anybody noted attack on sonia ghandi? It is like media are banned by some powerful lead
to give milage or coverage to a certain baby hence this outburst. Very funny attempt.

aiyooo...too much PR ......Her Paa is there to ensure she is in news...If she

was that private a person,she could have married into a successful but

low key family...she and her in-laws loves cameras and publicity ...don't

turn us into ashes by this over driven PR purification about a woman who

is gorgeous but lacks substance....

I love how if anything positive on Ash comes up, all her naysayers go "PR PR". Haha, this is "The Hindu" not some Midday or Mumbai Mirror to write PR trash. And even if it was, the points listed by the auther ARE true so there is no running away from it.

Way to go, Ash!

Thu, 2011-12-01 19:29 — Anonymous

I so wouldn't be surprised if she wrote it her self, she is an shrewd and calculated woman will use media when convenient ... her approach is so ' what do i get out of it' ... lying on the Oprah show that shed never been kissed on camera... maybe we should send Oprah a DVD of Dhoom 2.

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Sorry that was dumb. She was on the Oprah show in 2004. Dhoom 2 came out in 2006. And Ash never said she wont kiss. She said she will "cross the bridge when she will reach it" (indirect meaning, she will kiss if she has to do a film where that scene is required). Common sense, but y'all haters are very lame in my opinion. Most of the other stars' haters at least have good points! But Ash's haters dont make sense!

Ash haters, please dont blame Ash for crazy things her loony ex-boyfriends do or what the rest of the Bachchans do. Ash as a person has always lived a dignified life. Maintained her silence on every topic! If she has to talk about something personal, she talks the most minimal out of it and closes the chapter. Aishwarya is one of those rare stars.

"Thu, 2011-12-01 19:01 — Anonymous

Film starts don't owe to us? We make them what they are. You and i spend money so they can make some!!"

Yes film stars don't owe us. We make them stars because they are GOOD ENOUGH to be stars. We make SRK, Ash superstars because they entertain us on and off screen. But do we make Irrfan Khan or Shakti Kapoor a star? No because they dont have it in them to become one. Give credit to stars!

And the only thing movie stars owe us is good movies. The rest I don't care about.

P.S. Well written article. Can we have more of such sense making articles please instead of the cat fights and box office showdowns? Many thanks!

Thu, 2011-12-01 09:05 — Anonymous

I really love how she handles her megastardom. For example, when accusations were thrown at her that she went to Bangkok to get IVF done for a male child, everybody pointed fingers at her and blindly believed that D-grade starlet. Any other person would've either clarified or taken action, but Aishwarya remained silent. That is her power. SILENCE.

But sometimes I'm scared for her because silence doesn't pay off all the time. Imagine if Ash really had given birth to a baby boy naturally, then automatically everybody would believe those nasty rumours and they would follow Ash forever.

Whatever it is, I really admire Aishwarya. She is one actress who has achieved everything in life without dropping clothes and without using anyone and without bad-mouthing or b**ching about co-actresses like every actress of today does. Hats off to you Ash. Cant wait to see her back in the movies again. She's one of the very few good actors left. Wish her happy motherhood. I'm sure she will be a great mother and will imbibe the right values Vrinda taught Ash.

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Thnk u for speaking my mind!!

Thu, 2011-12-01 15:10 — Anonymous

THE ARTICLE looks like Ash has written it herself. She is private????EXCUSE ME
Karishma twinkle khanna konkona all gave birth- but Ash baby was most publicized. SHe is a VV smart WOMAN she makes others do the job that is PR, husband and Father in law.

^^ How can you compare her with the likes of Konkona? Aishwarya's pregnancy was written about because she is a megastar and people love to know everything about her. Are people even interested in Konkona? When Konkona was pregnant, she did a magazine cover with her baby bump. Didn't Ash turn down several international offers to flaunt her baby bump? Heck, she didnt' even show if off in public. Aishwarya's pregnancy was written from TIME and People magazine to our Malaylam newspaper with minimal readership.

Stop getting worked up because you cannot admit the fact that Ash is a private person.

Greatly written. There are so many stars who are attention seekers. Ash simply rocks.

This article is SUCH A JOKE. Ash is the MOST publicity hungry and self obsessed women in films, but she is more srewd than the others thats it. Period.

Thu, 2011-12-01 15:10 — Anonymous

"Karishma twinkle khanna konkona all gave birth- but Ash baby was most publicized. SHe is a VV smart WOMAN she makes others do the job that is PR, husband and Father in law."

Karishma, Twinkle, Konkona are NOT superstars. Aishwarya is.

"IF SHE IS REALLY PRIVATE

Article left out two biggest "Silences" of Aishwarya's career.
One was when SRK removed her from Chalte Chalte and Rani replaced her... Ash maintained her silence throughout that episode....

and most recently...when angry Madhur Bhandarkar spoke so much about her professionalism in his blog, Aishwarya knew what she is and yet again we sensed her epic silence... Till now no one knows what was the agreement of Ash-Madhur in Heroine case...

That is professionalism when Aishwarya returned all her money to the producers of Heroine...
And others commenting here that Ash's baby got so much publicity..
Crap...Did Ash, Abhi or BigB go to public and beg for that publicity... They are the legends and they get it all by itself...

Aishwarya is the best and always will be... She is the one actress whom the other actresses of this era should try to follow

the fact that people spread so many crazy rumours about her is attributed to how captivating and special she is.

R u ppl sick or wht! Its ok if u luv her but ths is too much bas howa just finish these articles tht r not evn imp to write!!!! Ok for a fan any star he/she likes is perfect but ths is disgusting i had enough of ths ash!!!! Spare us!

"those such as Sridevi, Rani Mukerji or Katrina Kaif, who are fundamentally wary of the press, give few interviews and are always guarded."
- yaani ki those who have soemthing to hide * cough* *cough*

"Now let's see if the media will show the same grace to other film stars. "
I don't thing movie stars deserve that special treatment because they earn MILLIONS of $$s in one of the poorest countries in the world, they basically are treated like Gods and Goddesses by the general public, and in return they get hounded by the press,, BIG Freakin DEAL ! It's a fair trade, IMO.

Also, even though I'm not a huge fan of Aishwarya, the dignified way she lives her private life is pretty cool .

Such a b.s. article. As of no other celebrity does what she does.

Haha smells like some good PR work right there

hmm so this is what journalism has come to...aish baby give us a break

damn straight Ash is a private woman. she never called up magazines and spewed out details of her
love life, "ooooh, Im on top of the world, i love my man..etc which other stars like manisha and sushmita
did and now look where she is and where the others are

it proves you dont need to pursue the media if you genuinely have it in you; te magazines will chase
you; also her family now AB has been known to to completely off the press when he is upset i tell you
Ash and the Bachchans dont need the media as much as the media needs them

Non sense...

Ash's PR trying hard to keep her in news...

Thu, 2011-12-01 14:17 — Anonymous
Yo she does not need to speak because she intelligently finds men who will speak for her and get her work done.
First it was Vivek Oberoi and now it is Amitabh Bachchan.
.....
SO TRUE

Love the article! It shows once again what a big MEGA STAR Ash is! Ash doesn't seek attention, instead the media wants to know more about her , that is because the public wants to know about her! I respect Ash because she follows what she says!

Gosh... Cant believe the extent to which people hate her. I think they are 'jealous'.
But yes, we dont know her personally, but I admire the professional Aishwarya.
I respect for what the professional she is.

I so wouldn't be surprised if she wrote it her self, she is an shrewd and calculated woman will use media when convenient ... her approach is so ' what do i get out of it' ... lying on the Oprah show that shed never been kissed on camera... maybe we should send Oprah a DVD of Dhoom 2.

aiyooo...too much PR ......Her Paa is there to ensure she is in news...If she was that private a person,she could have married into a successful but low key family...she and her in-laws loves cameras and publicity ...don't turn us into ashes by this over driven PR purification about a woman who is gorgeous but lacks substance....

aiyooo...too much PR ......Her Paa is there to ensure she is in news...If she was that private a person,she could have married into a successful but low key family...she and her in-laws loves cameras and publicity ...don't turn us into ashes by this overdriven PR purification about a woman who is gorgeous but lacks substance....

iyooo...too much PR ......Her Paa is there to ensure she is in news...If she was that private a person,she could have married into a successful but low key family...she and her in-laws loves cameras and publicity ...don't turn us into ashes by this overdriven PR purification about a woman who is gorgeous but lacks substance....

Film starts don't owe to us? We make them what they are. You and i spend money so they can make some!!

I appreciate the immense patience Aishwarya has but somtimes she must open up. For eg: she should share her ideas her experience, what made her so patient etc. It will keep the new comers learn from her & it will gain a lot of praise & respect for her & her in laws.

Once again, you guys seem to be missing the point. The author is not writing an article simply to praise Aishwarya. The point is to examine the different ways stars interact with the media, and how that is reflected in the way the media treats them.

Aishwarya is unique in how she has handled the media, which has led to them agreeing to respect the Bachchans' wishes that the birth only be covered according to what they'll allow (for example, they gave a press conference as a thank you to the media for keeping their word about reducing media coverage).

But the bigger point is that this is a first and might reflect the way celebrities are covered from now on. This has set a precedent, which is what makes it interesting.

i agree with anon below.. what a blast of to shashi.... that bachchan needs to go hide his face in shame because the whole world knows ash spread her legs, pushed a head and MADE NOISE about it PUBLICLY!!!!!!!

she is not intelligent or smart enough to talk about any issue or anything. thats why she hides behind.

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damn sure ash and her Pr is behind this article. i feel ash is very much double standard. and if u relaly see, ash never had class or taste in her clothes like karisma or karrne did. so i doubt hse had anything to talk about. plus she is very insecure about herself and not comfrtable to share anything. else in her interviews give abroad, she spoke lot of things.she is just not a confident women when compared to karsma or sushamita or rani.
may be she things he rupbringing was too low when compared to rest and her husband abhishek?

NOW THAT ASH BACHAN HAS ENTERED THE BACHAN FAMILY, THE BACHAN FAMILY HAS OFFICIALLY TURNED INTO KARDASHIAN FAMILY BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE ARE SO HUNGRY FOR FAME THAT THEY EVEN TELL THE MEDIA THE PERSONAL STORY SUCH AS PREGNANCY, WHAT DAY, TIME AND EVEN THE STORY OF WHEN AND HOW THE BABY WAS BORN. WHATS NEXT THEY'LL ALSO DISCUSS WHAT GOES IN THEIR BEDROOM? GIVE ME BREAK BACHANS ARE CHEAP!NOW THAT ASH BACHAN HAS ENTERED THE BACHAN FAMILY, THE BACHAN FAMILY HAS OFFICIALLY TURNED INTO KARDASHIAN FAMILY BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE ARE SO HUNGRY FOR FAME THAT THEY EVEN TELL THE MEDIA THE PERSONAL STORY SUCH AS PREGNANCY, WHAT DAY, TIME AND EVEN THE STORY OF WHEN AND HOW THE BABY WAS BORN. WHATS NEXT THEY'LL ALSO DISCUSS WHAT GOES IN THEIR BEDROOM? GIVE ME BREAK BACHANS ARE CHEAP!

Did Pa write this?

I respect this woman more.

Bull Sh******it, in this coutry if you open up to the press about your personal life, your fate will end up as manisha koirala or sushmita sen, no matter how talented you are people will judge you as being spoilt, on the other hand people who lead a double standard life are appreciated and revered. Indians always have the habit of spitting on the best and embracing the worst. thats the reason bollywood today is filled with crappy actors.women can dance half naked on screen, but they should not open up about their relationships, lol.

Shashi Baliga in The Hindu
THE ARTICLE looks like Ash has written it herself. She is private????EXCUSE ME
Karishma twinkle khanna konkona all gave birth- but Ash baby was most publicized. SHe is a VV smart WOMAN she makes others do the job that is PR, husband and Father in law.

IF SHE IS REALLY PRIVATE

Shashi Baliga in The Hindu
THE ARTICLE looks like Ash has written it herself. She is private????EXCUSE ME
Karishma twinkle khanna konkona all gave birth- but Ash baby was most publicized. SHe is a VV smart WOMAN she makes others do the job that is PR, husband and Father in law.

IF SHE IS REALLY PRIVATE

Very well-written. Thoughtfully articulated journalism on showbusiness in India is quite rare, which is why this piece is heartening.

I agree, i always thought she wants to keep her private life private because of all the nasty rumors spread by ppl who do it simply cos they r jealous of her.

Yo she does not need to speak because she intelligently finds men who will speak for her and get her work done.
First it was Vivek Oberoi and now it is Amitabh Bachchan.

Who cares?
film stars are public figures and role models therefore, any scandalous characteristics/behaviour should be put out there in the open in a move to change the world. they cannot just earn gazilions and expect the same life style as commoners like us. if they take offense then they better look for other professions

the world has changed since reality tv and people are nolonger interested in films made by actors they have no connection with. they watch these people in their living rooms every day and have become "intimate" with them in a way that the actors themselves are unaware or are aware and sometimes even encourage the "intimacy". being the queer people that they are (actors), sometimes they use the media as therapy and then lash back when it backfires. its very simple, one cannot have it both ways. Either stick to your films and open no window (in other words encourage speculation) or open a bit of a window at your convenience ( and encourage gossip) either way you ain't winning baby

well said

..well said...!..

she is not intelligent enough to comment on any real issues.
and anyway she does not come across as someone who has strong opinions.
give her some makeup, fake eyelashes, call her the most beautiful woman in the world.. that's it. enough to make her happy.

Whether you love her or hate her, you have to admit Aishwarya has always maintained her dignity. She is not a blabbermouth which is rare ln this industry.

Well-written and argued! Refreshing perspective. Bravo to the author!

I wish people would understand that it's weird to get so involved in random stranger's lives.

Shes finished!! ha ha :D

i think in terms of private lives, most controversial stars have been Salman, yes and Rekha. i can't think of other modern stars with such talked about private lives. Ash, is no comparison to them. and both rekha and salman don't much talk to the media...

awsumm

lovely article and v v true!!

Ash has ENCAPTURED the public's imagination like no other star.

One in a Billion - Ash! Kareena/Karan/SRK would die to have publicity that Ash gets just for breathing air!

Ash's Legend Continues.. There will be no other superstar of her calibre in the next 100 yrs.

AshPower!!

I don't believe this report at all !

Then why did she call a press interview during her breakup with Salman?

Ash's PR machine should go on prolonged maternity leave along with her........PLEAES.

can she talk about how she used various people at every step of her career? Can she talk about reviews she got in the western media for her acting skills in movies? can she talk about how Bachchans resurrected her in bollywood? Can she talk about string of flops? no wonder she is a "private person".

Another reason to like and respect her.

Why does this sound like something Mr. Amitabh Bacchan would write???

Yeah I think this is well written and perfectly describes how Aishwarya is with media.

For all those who say she's a PR hound or something she is the opposite. She has never ever discussed her personal business and she never exploited her pregnancy like most other stars to

loved the article...
Aishwarya is a great personality ...

nice article

very well written

why would they print an article like this needlessly praising a star unless somebody wants to please the family or aishwarya or they are paid to do so....i dont care if she is keeping her privacy or whatever,this is not social work,she isn't fighting for the rights of women,there is no need to print how private a person she is because its not making this world a better place or is it????? why did they wasted so much space!!!

Aish is always in the news...she is being smart...she keeps quit but she attends parties and religious places now and then.

'Silence' has the strongest voice. WTG! Ash.

coz she has a chamcha Amitab to do that for he lol plus she is ashamed of her own behavior and hanger for money

MUM is the word...lols....stupid over protected fake stars...

please shut up

SHE IS A BIG TIME LIAR! INFACT SHE RUNS AFTER MEDIA LIKE CRAZYYY!!

Is this site owned and run by Ash? Seriously, stop with this constant stupid articles. There is more to bollywood than her. Report on something worth reading.

Yeah she handles the press well.

Good PR article posted by another PR.. Get a life!!!!! Why should she do any talking when she has people assigned to do it for her.. moreover she is not intelligent enough to handle questions when she is put on spot..

all i read is blah blah blah ..... ashwarya this ashwarya that.... im sucking up to the bachchans... blah blah blah... ashwarya sati saavitri... blah blah ... ashwarya not a tram... blah blah.... oohhh ashwarya squeeky clean image.... blah blah blah....more ashwarya to keep her relevant blah blah
PLEASE GET SOMETHING INTERESTING TO WRITE ABOUT!

PV please post this because we are sick of reading PR articles. We need actual news and interesting articles.

all i read is blah blah blah ..... ashwarya this ashwarya that.... im sucking up to the bachchans... blah blah blah... ashwarya sati saavitri... blah blah ... ashwarya not a tram... blah blah.... oohhh ashwarya squeeky clean image.... blah blah blah....more ashwarya to keep her relevant blah blah
PLEASE GET SOMETHING INTERESTING TO WRITE ABOUT!

Aww love the artical n love aishwarya

PR

Extremely well written and to the point. I like it. :) Spot on about Aish !

Wonderful post. So true.
No doubt, Aishwarya has the maximum number of fans and followers.
She is a beautiful lady inside and out.

hahahahahaha.....what is this...another publicity stunt from the very "private" Aishwarya...the same person who "pushed for 3 hours" to deliver her baby!!!

20 years, she has been at the top and every bit about her life has been scrutinized to the max. Yet people are as interested in her as they were years ago. And she still remains a mystery. She has that aura and mystique!

I have HUGE RESPECT to Aish Rai Bachchan for the same reason

omg seriously, i cant help but disagree with this article! btw, aish opened up to the media in hollywood . she went on david lettermans show and even on oprahs show with hubby ab where she talked about her marraige. up till now, no one knows who encited viviek to hold the press conference, but if u watch viviek's kwk episode he indirectly says it was ash, aft which she uncerimonously dumped him! fine, even
we agree tt mayb over the years ash had a change of mind n decided to become more private, but is tt truly whats ecpected of a movie star? a movie stars rise to fame is attributed to their fans who pay so much moolah to watch their movies.is it thus right of stars to deny these fans knowledge of their lives?

Very well written indeed... It's funny how most stars don't understand that the more you give to the media, the less they will be interested in you... If they harass Ash it's because she keeps her secrets (and of course because she's gorgeous, has "the Ash effect" and all of that...). And it's good that they recognize that the media has been mean to her, and finally left her alone for her delivery... Of course they did it in order to get a press conference later but still, nice effort... As if they apologized for all their rudness!
But one of the best part is "There are just a handful of stars, such as Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor or Karan Johar, who love the media attention and are not hypocritical about it" hahaha and those Kareena fans who always say that it's Ash who is the attention seeker... BAM in your face XD

I really love how she handles her megastardom. For example, when accusations were thrown at her that she went to Bangkok to get IVF done for a male child, everybody pointed fingers at her and blindly believed that D-grade starlet. Any other person would've either clarified or taken action, but Aishwarya remained silent. That is her power. SILENCE.

But sometimes I'm scared for her because silence doesn't pay off all the time. Imagine if Ash really had given birth to a baby boy naturally, then automatically everybody would believe those nasty rumours and they would follow Ash forever.

Whatever it is, I really admire Aishwarya. She is one actress who has achieved everything in life without dropping clothes and without using anyone and without bad-mouthing or b**ching about co-actresses like every actress of today does. Hats off to you Ash. Cant wait to see her back in the movies again. She's one of the very few good actors left. Wish her happy motherhood. I'm sure she will be a great mother and will imbibe the right values Vrinda taught Ash.

Great analysis. Ash is a class apart.

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